First Class support for literature centre

Jemma Jobson, from First Class Supply, reading to pupils from White Mere Primary School in Gateshead. Picture by Neil Denham.
Jemma Jobson, from First Class Supply, reading to pupils from White Mere Primary School in Gateshead. Picture by Neil Denham.
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A Whitley Bay company is helping tell stories among schools.

Teaching supply agency First Class Supply has secured an education sponsorship with Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s literature based in Newcastle.

They will offer a range of free activities to its partner schools including sessions in schools and at Seven Stories, authors in schools, and World Book Day opportunities.

The sponsorship will help Seven Stories stage more exhibitions and will help with the organisation’s regular outreach work in schools.

Lesley Robinson, director of First Class Supply, said: “Seven Stories is the national leader in displaying original material for children’s books and bringing it to life for younger audiences.

“Many of our partner schools work already with Seven Stories, and we’re very pleased to announce our new partnership.”

Fiona Melvin, learning director at Seven Stories said: “Working with a north east company who are genuinely committed to giving something back to our schools is very exciting, and we look forward to encouraging our local children to discover a love of books and reading together.”

First Class Supply co-director Stephanie Boulton, added “Through our partnership we will now be able to offer our valued user schools a whole range of exciting benefits free of charge.

“We are extremely proud to be the exclusive partners of this fantastic initiative and look forward to our local schools reaping the benefits.

“Seven Stories is an amazing cultural resource for children, young people, schools, teachers, writers and artists that’s second to none in our country.

“It’s a wonderful facility that also provides a range of vital outreach activities for our region.

“Our sponsorship will be both fun and extremely rewarding, and I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the organisation’s many community activities.”